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 If your child has a diagnosis of diabetes you will need to inform their school so that a care plan can be put into place for them. Usually a diabetic nurse specialist will complete this with you and the school. Some training will also be offered to staff in how to manage your child’s diabetes whilst they are at school, usually this will be from the diabetic nurse specialist.

Parent/carer responsibilities

  • Know your child’s signs and symptoms for hypo’s and hyper’s, this will need to be included in their care plan.
  • Ensure your child’s medication is in date! Including the one you may have left with the school. Don’t wait until this has expired to get a new one prescribed, plan ahead.
  • All medication will need to be labelled with your child’s name and date of birth by the pharmacists
  • Your child will need to have their medication with them on any school trips, swimming, after school clubs and for sports; you may need to discuss this with their teacher
  • Ensure your child attends all medical appointments
  • Find out more about supporting your child with their diabetes in school on the diabetes website 

NHS resources

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/type-1-diabetes/type-1-diabetes-in-children/

If your child has a diagnosis of Epilepsy you will need to inform their school so that a care plan can be put into place for them. You may already have a care plan written for school from your specialist nurse or GP this can be brought into school. Some training will be offered to school staff in how to manage and spot the signs of any epileptic seizures; this may include how to administer emergency medication if this has been prescribed.

Parents/Carer responsibilities

  • Ensure your child’s medication is in date! Don’t wait until this has expired to get a new one prescribed, plan ahead.
  • All medication will need to be labelled with your child’s name and date of birth by the pharmacists
  • You child will need to have their emergency medication (If appropriate) with them on any school trips, swimming, after school clubs and for sports; this will need to be discussed with the teacher
  • Ensure your child attends all medical appointments

Find out more about supporting your child with their epilepsy at school

NHS resources

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/epilepsy/

If your child has a diagnosis of asthma or hay fever you will need to inform their school so that a care plan can be put into place for your child. They may already have a care plan written for school from their specialist nurse or GP, this can be brought into school. Some training will be offered to school staff in how to manage and spot the signs of any breathlessness.

Parents/Carers responsibilities

  • Know your child’s condition and the signs and symptoms; this will need to be included in their care plan.
  • Make sure that your child’s inhaler and spacer is available in school, depending on their age and school they may be able to carry this around with them.
  • Ensure your child’s inhaler is in date! Don’t wait until this has expired to get a new one prescribed, plan ahead. Don’t forget to take this home at the end of the school year – the spacer will need to be washed with hot water and dried.
  • If you leave your child’s inhaler and spacer with their school make sure that the spacer is kept in a sealed bag, this prevents infection.
  • All medication will need to be labelled with your child’s name and date of birth by the pharmacists. Liquid or tablet antihistamines should be kept by the school.
  • Your child will need to have their inhaler with them on any school trips, swimming, after school clubs and for sports; you will need to discuss this with their teacher
  • Make sure your child attends all medical appointments

Find out more about supporting your child with their asthma at Asthma UK

If your child has a diagnosis of allergies, especially if this is an anaphylaxis reaction (severe life threatening allergy) you will need to inform their school so that a care plan can be put into place for your child. You may already have a care plan written for school from your specialist nurse or GP, this can be brought into school. Some training will be offered to school staff in how to manage and spot the signs of anaphylaxis.

Parents/Carers responsibilities

  • Make sure that your child has two auto injector pens (Epipen / Emerade / Jext ) available in school find out more from at Anaphylaxis UK https://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/campaigning/two-adrenaline-auto-injectors/
  • Make sure that the school are aware that your child has auto injector pens! You may be asked to sign a consent form by the school. If your child self-administers their auto injector pen they need to always tell an appropriate adult when they use one.
  • Ensure both of your child’s auto injector pens are in date! Don’t wait until this has expired to get a new one prescribed, plan ahead.
  • All medication will need to be labelled with your child’s name and date of birth by the pharmacists. Liquid or tablet antihistamines should also be labelled and kept by the school.
  • Your child will need to have their auto injector pen with them on any school trips, swimming, after school clubs and for sports; you will need to discuss this with their teacher
  • Ensure your child attends all medical appointments

Find out more about supporting your child with anaphylaxis at the below sites

ADHD and ADD

If your child has a diagnosis of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or Attention deficit disorder (ADD) it is important to inform their school. This will support you and your child’s school to work together to ensure they receive the support they need for your child’s specific needs. There may be extra support available for your child in school and this is something you can talk to their teacher or the school SENCO about. If your child has medication they may need a care plan to be put into place. Your child’s school will have a linked school nurse who can offer support if needed.

Parents/Carer responsibilities
  • Know your child’s condition, give the school, SENCO and school nurse examples of situations that may increase feelings of anger, stress and frustration.
  • If your child takes medication in school; ensure your medication is in date! Don’t wait until this has expired to get a new one prescribed, plan ahead.
  • All medication will need to be labelled with your child’s name and date of birth by the pharmacists
  • Ensure your child attends all medical appointments

Find out more about supporting your child with ADHD or ADD at the below sites

Children’s bowel and bladder problems include bedwetting, daytime wetting, constipation and soiling and it is estimated that 900,000 or 1 in 12, 5-19 year olds suffer from a bowel or bladder condition. If your child experiences one of these it can be very stressful and impact on family life.

Most bowel and bladder problems are avoidable and treatable and you can contact the school nurse attached to their school – find your local school nurse here who will be able to provide advice and link you in with local services that can provide advice, support and treatment. 

ERIC, The Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity have lots of fantastic resources which you can find on their website.

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